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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Bar Isabel, The Rude Boy, Church Bistro, Darwin Bistro & Bar, Dr Laffa

Toronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview at some of the places coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Ex-Black Hoof chef, Grant van Gameren's Bar Isabel, a Spanish themed tavern is slated to officially open tomorrow night, Friday March 22nd in former site of Grappa at 797 College Street.
  • Newly opened, The Rude Boy (397 Roncesvalles Ave.) is serving up locavore-friendly menu of burgers and sandwiches from dinner-time to midnight (bar's open until 2), seven days a week. Lunch and brunch menus to come in the weeks to follow.
  • Darwin Bistro & Bar has yet to launch its website but quietly opened its doors last week for dinner time service from 5:30 to 10:30pm. On the menu, French influenced fare.
  • Church Bistro has replaced the Church St. Diner, celebrating it's grand opening last week at 555 Church Street. Internationally inspired, daytime, dinner-time and cocktail menus are already on offer.
  • Newly opened Asada Mexican Grill is offering fast casual dining at 809 St. Clair West. The menu features a selection of tacos, burritos and tortas customized counter-side with fillings and toppings.
  • Popular middle-eastern restaurant, Dr Laffa has opened a second outpost at 3023 Bathurst Street (south of Lawrence). Check the website over the next few weeks though, as both locations will likely close over Passover.


  • Enzo Pizza Bar looks like its gearing up to open in the coming weeks at at 646 Queen Street West.
  • Grillies is slated to open the doors at 2632 Danforth Avenue the first week of April to offer a fastfood menu of burgers, burritos and tacos.
  • Sam's Philly Steaks is moving into the Church in Dundas area with signs indicating their impending arrival at 213 Church Street.
  • New bar and kitchen, The Wren is still working toward opening at 1382 Danforth Avenue with plans to introduce a menu of southern and southwestern-inspired comfort foods in the next month or so.


  • Richmond Hill's fondue themed restaurant the Melting Pot (a US chain) has shuttered its doors less than a year after opening.

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